The Panchen Lama, recognised by Beijing, will attend a Buddhism event in Hong Kong next week as the city celebrates Buddha's birthday and prepares for the 15th anniversary of the handover. Gyaincain Norbu, 22, said to be the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibetan Buddhism, will give a speech at the Third World Buddhist Forum, says Jiang Jianyong, deputy director of the state administration of religious affairs. The Panchen Lama is the highest-ranking lama after the Dalai Lama, who disagrees with Beijing on the identity of the Panchen Lama. The opening ceremony and the keynote speech of the event, which will run from April 25 to 27, will take place at the Hong Kong Coliseum in Hung Hom on April 26. Singers Faye Wong and Andy Lau will perform there. The forum is expected to draw more than 1,000 monks and scholars from more than 50 countries and regions. A 2,500-year-old relic believed to be the Buddha's parietal bone will be displayed at the coliseum from April 25 to 29. As part of the city's handover anniversary celebrations, the public will have a chance to get up close to two mainland warships that escorted Hong Kong vessels through pirate-infested waters off Somalia when they visit the city next month. Missile destroyer Haikou and missile frigate Yuncheng will berth at the People's Liberation Army barracks on Stonecutters Island from April 30 for five days. The government yesterday said it invited the ships to make the fourth port call by PLA navy vessels in the 15 years since the handover.